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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (August 28, 2016)
08.28.16: welcome back; Ehsan Hoque recognized; health insurance deadline; grad student coffee hour; understanding student healthcare 


Welcome Back From President Seligman

“For those of you new to the campus, welcome! For those who are returning, welcome back! We have been busy this summer and can look forward to an exceptional year ahead. We have much to celebrate.” Read President and CEO Joel Seligman's full welcome back message.

Ehsan Hoque: MIT Technology Review 'Innovator Under 35'

MIT Technology Review has named Ehsan Hoque, assistant professor of computer science, one of this year’s “innovators under 35” in recognition of his cutting-edge work in human-computer interaction. Read more...

University Community Featured at Fringe Festival

The University’s Fringe Festival page includes a list of faculty, staff, and students performing in the annual community festival. Fringe Festival guides are available in Todd Union on the River Campus, and tickets are for sale online.

Don't Miss the September 15 Health Insurance Deadline

All incoming and returning full-time students must complete the Online Health Insurance Process before midnight on Thursday, September 15. If you miss the deadline, you will be enrolled in the University-sponsored health insurance for the entire year. If you have not completed the Online Insurance Process, do so now. The link is in the pink Quick Links box on the UHS home pageRead more...

Security Tip: Take Advantage of Free Antivirus Software

The University provides Sophos Antivirus Software free to all faculty, staff, and students. The software should be installed on University computers and any personal computers that access University resources. The software offers a broad range of protection for desktops, file servers, and email servers and gateways. Download Sophos desktop antivirus software for PCs and Macs. Users in clinical environments may find more information here or by contacting the ISD Help Desk at (585) 275-3200.


College Town Bookstore Hosts 'Welcome Back' Party

Check out a variety of activities, live music, and other festivities on Tuesday, August 30, as College Town celebrates the start of the new academic year. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in College Town; check out the new bookstore cafÉ while you're there. Read more…

Graduate Student Coffee Hour 

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) will host a coffee hour from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, September 2, in the LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576), Medical Center. Enjoy free coffee and cookies and get to know GSS and your fellow grad students.

Seminar: Understanding Student Healthcare

Ralph Manchester, vice provost and director of the University Health Service (UHS), will present a seminar on how to make the most of your mandatory health fee, student health insurance, and UHS facilities. The seminar will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, in Dewey 2162. Attending the seminar is recommended for those who have not yet enrolled or waived the student health insurance. The last day to enroll/waive the plan is September 15. RSVP online by Monday, September 5. If you have questions you’d like addressed, send your question with your RSVP. For questions about the seminar, contact Peter Murphy at

University-Wide Grad Life Event Highlights Student Resources

Attend the first-ever University-wide graduate student event from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, September 9, in Flaum Atrium, Medical Center. Connect with other graduate students outside of your academic field, understand the importance of crosscollaboration in academia and research, and learn about campus clubs and resources for graduate students. There will be free food, engaging speakers, and valuable connections to kick off the new term. A student ID is required for attendance. Contact Glen Dornsife at with questions.

Dissertation Defenses

  • Jun Li, mechanical engineering, "Laser-Plasma Interactions and Hot Electron Generation in Inertial Confinement Fusion," 2 p.m. Monday, August 29, Hopeman 224. Advisor: Chuang Ren.
  • Casey Crisman-Cox, political science, "Three Essays on Interactions between Governments and Rebels," 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, Harkness 112. Advisor: Henk Goemans. 
  • Bo Hyun Chang, economics, "Three Essays on Income Redistribution," Thursday, September 1. Advisor: Yongsung Chang.
  • Zhuan Chen, computer science, "System Support for Data-Intensive Sensing in the Field," 10 a.m. Friday, September 2, Computer Studies Building 703. Advisor: Kai Shen.

Rochester in the News

Are Humans Evolved To Explore And Expand Into Space?

NPR, August 23
"Could the need to take risks and expand into new territory be hardwired into our genetic make up?" asks Adam Frank, professor of physics and astronomy. "If so, does that mean expanding into space and the other worlds of our solar system is an imperative, rather than a luxury?"
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